12 August 2009

Canadian visa problem for grieving parents

Canadian visa concerns are preventing grieving parents from travelling from India to Canada to mark the first year of their son's death, says the brother of a Sunrise Propane blast victim.

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The parents of a man killed in a Toronto blast last year are again finding it difficult to obtain a Canadian visa. A memorial is planned for the victims of the blast in a Toronto park.

"My mother cries at home every night," Vikramjit Singh Saini, 33, told The Toronto Sun of the death of his brother, Parminder, 25.

Parminder was killed while working at the Murray Road site in an explosion that forced 13,000 people to flee. Firefighter Bob Leek also died while battling the inferno.

"She wants to come and pray for my brother, but she was turned down," Saini said yesterday.

His parents, Rajinder and Sukhchain, both 60, originally applied to travel to Canada for Parminder's funeral a year ago and were refused.

It took an outpouring of support from the public before Canadian visas were granted for the funeral - and now they have to apply again for a Canada visa to return to mark the first anniversary of their son's death.

"My brother's death has devastated the family," Saini said. "Somebody has to be held accountable for his death."

Saini's visa expires in November and he'll have to seek an extension.

Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri said the community is planning to rename Hanover Park in honour of Bob Leek and Parminder Saini.

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with Canadian visas and immigration.

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